Project Description Narrative:
Dementia is a neurocognitive disorder that leads to loss of independence, diminished quality of life, premature death, and caregiver burden. In Wisconsin, more than 120,000 residents were afflicted with dementia in 2020, and this number is expected to increase another 8.3% by 2025.
Approximately 83% of all care provided to older adults is provided by unlicensed, lay caregivers. In Wisconsin, 196,000 caregivers provided more than 204,000 hours of care to persons with dementia in 2020. Studies show that dementia caregivers are more likely to experience substantial emotional, financial, and health complications than non-caregivers due to ongoing demands of care.
Through this award, project partners aim to establish a workforce solution to support dementia patients and caregivers, quickly connecting them to vital resources and support services.
Community partners: Advocate Aurora Health, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association
Academic partners, MCW School of Pharmacy